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Celebrate with the Last of Summers Bounty and Welcome Fall!

Celebrate with the Last of Summer's Bounty and Welcome Fall!

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With this end of season approaching, the garden peaks, roadside stands and farmers’ markets are brimming over with fresh produce. At this point we are taking summer ripe tomatoes for granted and many of us have been trying to give our surplus zucchini and cucumbers to anyone who will take them. Corn and melons are starting to run low, peaches too, and now mums and apples are appearing everywhere.

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Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

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It is that time of year, when we are up to our ears in squash, so now you can harvest the blossoms for delectable dishes!

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QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

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Recently my zucchini and summer squash plants have stopped producing squash. I have this morning 23 blossoms, all male, on 3 plants. The plants are very large and healthy. Does anyone know the...

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Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

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If your squash plants are thriving, but fruit is tiny and shrivels on the vine, the problem could be that the flowers aren't being pollinated by bees and other insects. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: hand pollination. You take a male flower and transfer its pollen to female flowers. See how it's done in this video.

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QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

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I'm so depressed. Every year mid-summer, pests swarm my community garden and kill every zucchini/squash plant in sight. Can you please help me name these bugs and get strategies to fight them in the...

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QUESTION: What is cutting off my squash flowers?

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Every time I try to grow squash, some pest keeps cutting the flowers clean off. How can I prevent this from happening again and again? I had 5 beautiful yellow blooms and went out this morning and...

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QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

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I am growing a number of vegetables in my raised bed gardens this year. I am growing crookneck yellow squash. The plant is thriving and I have had a huge number of blossoms both male and female. The...

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Saving Squash Seed

Saving Squash Seed

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People have saved squash seeds for hundreds of years. Read about one technique we use to process squash seeds at Seed Savers Exchange and different methods that have been used throughout history.

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Video: Three Sisters Garden

Video: Three Sisters Garden

Corn, beans, squash: The "three sisters" are growing. Watch the video to see how well.

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Video: The Three Sisters Garden

Video: The Three Sisters Garden

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Garden by companion planting what the Iroquois valued as the sustainers of life: beans, corn, and squash. Watch the video and learn how to plant them in a raised bed.

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Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps

Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps

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If you grow winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, garlic, and hot peppers, you effectively extend your gardening season well into the fall and winter.

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Planting Squash

Planting Squash

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Here's a birdproof method for planting squash seeds, as well as melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins.

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How to Grow Superb Summer Squash

How to Grow Superb Summer Squash

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Sunken watering pots and an understory of vetch keep zucchini, crookneck squash and pattypan going strong.

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Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

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If your squash plants are wilting, it may be because of squash vine borers. Here are some basic steps to figure out what’s wrong, and then to decide on a logical pest-control strategy.

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Video: Squash Blossoms

Video: Squash Blossoms

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Here's how to tell which squash blossoms you can pick for eating, and which ones you should leave for fruit.

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